Shire of Mundaring pleads for parents to keep eyes on their child and not their phone at aquatic centres this summer

Shire of Mundaring pleads for parents to keep eyes on their child and not their phone at aquatic centres this summer

EYES on your child not on your phone, is the plea from newly-elected Mundaring Shire President John Daw as aquatic centres open for the summer season.

“Bilgoman and Mt Helena Aquatic Centres are extremely popular with people across all age groups,” Cr Daw said.

“But aquatic centre staff have seen a significant increase in the number of parents and guardians who are glued to their smart phones and not paying attention to children in the water,” he said.

Some aquatic centres in WA offer free Wi-Fi in accordance with safety strategies recommended by Royal Life Saving Society WA.

However, Shire of Mundaring has avoided implementing the service.

“We believe a pool is no place for a phone,” Cr Daw said.

“We ask all adults to put their phones away and concentrate on the children in their care, especially those under five years.

“For this age group parents must be in the water with them and ensure children are within arm’s reach at all times.”

“The Shire is proud Bilgoman and Mt Helena aquatic centres offer families and children a great day out.

“But guardians need to be alert at all times.

“Our centres have life guards, but ultimately children under your care are solely your responsibility.”

He urged parents and guardians to be vigilant at other swimming locations in the Shire including the popular Lake Leschenaultia in Chidlow.

MORE: Police charge man after car chase with unrestrained child in front seat

MORE: Secret Harbour fatal crash: police charge 19-year-old man

MORE: Boy (12) in serious condition after being hit by car in Maylands crash